Rider: Durham Regional Police Service Communicator Kim Cheston
Years of Service: 7
Years on the Ride: 3
Kim is proudly representing one of several civilian members, especially communicators, who participate in the Ride to Remember.
“Communicators play a unique role in community safety,” said Kim. “Not only are we the first voice someone hears when they call 9-1-1, but also the voice our officers hear over the radio on every shift and every call.”
Communicators are a 24/7 support system for the thousands of sworn officers who patrol every community across Canada. They operate behind the scenes, but their voices are always there, available and ready to respond.
“It makes me proud to be that vital link in my community and that the officers I serve know they are never alone, because I, and my colleagues, will always have their back.”
Why She Rides:
For Kim, the Ride to Remember is a way to continue to honour all the men and women who have lost their lives while serving their communities. In addition, it is an opportunity for her to show surviving family members that their loved ones will never be forgotten.
Whether it’s during a training ride or during the Ride to Remember, Kim always has these heroes and their families forefront in her mind. The final leg onto Parliament Hill is the culmination of all of these efforts and it is very humbling for her to be part of it.
One of Kim’s favourite things about the ride is the bond between riders, not only on the same team, but across all the teams. They are truly united in their desire to honour and respect our fallen heroes.
Not only is Kim honoured to be an ambassador for the Durham Regional Police Service and her fellow communicators, but as an individual, and proud Canadian, it means so much to her to be able to raise public awareness in this meaningful way.